The Port Authority is hosting an assemblage of experts from across the nation this week who will help develop a proposed blueprint for the future of public transit service here.

A panel commissioned by the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit Urban Land Institute will interview nearly 80 people, ranging from public officials to planners to neighborhood leaders. They also will tour the bus and rail system before compiling a list of recommendations, authority spokesman Jim Ritchie said.

The effort will culminate with a Friday morning public presentation at the Omni William Penn Hotel, Downtown, followed by a written report, he said. Read more